Hon. David L. Berry See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.3 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

What others have said about Hon. David L. Berry


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7843
Judge Berry is part of the problem and not the solution.


Comment #: CA7842
This feedback is for the Hon. David Berry in Dept. 45 of San Diego Superior Court Family Division. I have the unpleasant experience to deal with Judge Berry for over 20 months. This judge is prejudice, and bias against minority men. He did not read evidence presented to him, instead, he kept stalling and dragging the case until finally the case had to go to trial by default. His inability to be neutral makes it impossible to have a fair chance in his court room to present evidence. He shows an unprecedented preference to lawyers in his court room and a very obvious dislike to those who don't have a lawyer. He rules based on preserving his already damaged reputation vs. facts. Shame on Judge Berry


Comment #: CA7283
Judge Berry is by far the best family law judge in San Diego. He has an extremely patient temperament, educates litigants and attorneys in the law and their rights, and commands respect and decorum. Unlike other judges, he follows meticulous procedure and actually reads case files and pleadings. He cares about children and teens and it shows. He understands children and does not have a negative view of them. He cares about judicial economy but his hands are tied in some cases. He has no tolerance for incompetent or unethical attorneys that violate rules of the court. He is an extremely intelligent academic and takes domestic violence seriously.


Comment #: CA6781
This feedback is for the Hon. David Berry in Dept 45 of San Diego Superior Court Family Division. Judge Berry replaced Judge Rosenstein in Dept 45 effective January 2014, and my attorneys and I have been in his Courtroom on at least 15 separate occasions during this short time. Why so many times? Because he's very new to Family Law, indecisive, and gets lost in the emotional testimony every single time versus paying attention to the facts. Sadly, if you have a borderline litigant who tosses a lot of superfluous details at him, he can turn into a negative advocate and stall the case rather than follow the solutions that the professionals are recommending. He's a wildcard and you should avoid him if you can.